Astonishing Intellectual Incompetence: In a bizarre twist Georgia Governor Brian Kemp claims he didn’t know asymptomatic people could transmit the COVID-19 virus.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said he wasn’t aware that asymptomatic people could transmit coronavirus as he announced he was preparing to issue a state-wide shelter-in-place order.
MSN News reports:
After resisting a statewide stay-at-home order for days, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) succumbed to the pressure and issued one on Wednesday. Part of the reason, he said, was that he had just learned some new information.
Kemp said he was “finding out that this virus is now transmitting before people see signs.”
Kemp’s claim that he didn’t know that asymptomatic people (individuals not showing any symptoms) could transmit the virus is hard to believe. Either he is being dishonest in a lame attempt to cover for his negligence in waiting so long to issue a state-wide shelter-in-place order, or the guy is a complete moron.
It’s probably a little bit of both.
Announcing the better-late-than-never state-wide shelter-in-place order for the state, Kemp said:
The reason I’m taking this action, like I’ve continued to tell people, I’m following the data, I’m following the advice of Dr. [Kathleen] Toomey.
Finding out that this virus is now transmitting before people see signs, so what we’ve been telling people from directives from the CDC for weeks now that if you start feeling bad, stay home… those individuals could’ve been infecting people before they ever felt bad. But we didn’t know that until the last 24 hours. And as Dr. Toomey told me, this is a game changer for us.
A stunning admission of deadly ignorance from Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who says he only just learned that asymptomatic people can transmit #Covid19. “[I]ndividuals could have been infecting people before they ever felt bad, but we didn’t know that until the last 24 hours.” pic.twitter.com/T7NZWk2GDR
— Andisheh Nouraee (@andishehnouraee) April 2, 2020
Kemp’s claim is ridiculous and false. Everybody knew in January that the virus could be transmitted by asymptomatic people. This fact was common knowledge, and available to anyone paying attention to the unfolding coronavirus crisis.
For example, back in January, Anthony S. Fauci, a lead member of the White House coronavirus task force, was talking about asymptomatic transmission. At a Jan. 31 task force briefing Fauci said:
As one might imagine, individuals condemned Kemp’s profound negligence and complete incompetence:
You know that in the beginning, we were not sure if there were asymptomatic infection, which would make it a much broader outbreak than what we’re saying here; now we know for sure that there are. It was not clear whether an asymptomatic person could transmit it to someone while they were asymptomatic. Now, we know from a recent report from Germany that that is absolutely the case.
In a bizarre turn of events, information the rest of the nation had in January didn’t reach Georgia Governor Brian Kemp until April: “Individuals could have been infecting people before they ever felt bad, but we didn’t know that until the last 24 hours.” https://t.co/v1nGdzTy5y
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 2, 2020
Fauci, January 31: “There’s no doubt after reading this paper that asymptomatic transmission is occurring.”
Kemp, April 1: “Individuals could have been infecting people before they ever felt bad. Well, we didn’t know that until the last 24 hours. This is a game-changer for us.”
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) April 2, 2020
This Pandemic has been analogized to war. We know who the heroes are. They are at the front and on the line. Stories of galactic incompetence coupled with bad judgement are also part of every war. That’s how history will remember the ineptitude of the MAGA Governors like Kemp https://t.co/aa5YKvrxBI
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) April 2, 2020
—@drsanjaygupta on Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp saying that he just learned coronavirus can be transmitted by asymptomatic people:
“This is inexcusable. I mean, it’s just inexcusable…My kids who go to school in Georgia knew that a month ago.” pic.twitter.com/lCXP49yMsE
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) April 2, 2020
We could have had Stacey Abrams instead of Brian Kemp and Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump, if only women weren’t too emotional and unlikable to be electable.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) April 2, 2020
Bottom line: Demonstrating an astonishing intellectual incompetence, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp claims he didn’t know asymptomatic people could transmit the COVID-19.
The stupid, it burns.